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How PEP works
Deliver the project in four simple steps - we provide all the resources and support you need!
School staff complete a series of online training videos.
Your school will have their own login to the project’s online platform.
Any member of school staff who wishes to be involved in the project will be able to complete the staff project training via online videos, alongside a detailed guide.
Staff training is split into multiple videos, and can be watched at your own pace.
Training will take no longer than 2 hours in total.
The MHF team will be on hand, via email or phone, to answer any questions that may crop up during training.
The trained school staff select and train older pupils, known as Peer Educators, using our detailed training plan.
A detailed Peer Educator training plan is provided to support you in planning and delivering the training.
Peer Educators are pupils aged 14 and above (typically Year 10 and above in England and Wales, S4 and above in Scotland, and Year 11 and above in Northern Ireland).
The number of Peer Educators needed will depend on your Peer Learner year group size. We recommend a minimum of 10% e.g. 20 Peer Educators for 200 Peer Learners.
The Peer Educator training takes a minimum of 8 hours, however, is structured to be flexible to your timetable.
The MHF team will be on hand, via email or phone, to answer any questions that may crop up as you plan and run your Peer Educator training.
Older pupils deliver the five lessons to younger pupils, known as Peer Learners, using our detailed lesson plans.
Each school can set up Peer Educator access to the online project platform.
Peer Educators will be provided with a detailed lesson plan and prepared PowerPoint slides for each lesson.
Lessons are based on a 50-minute lessons, but can be lengthened or shortened depending on your timetable.
Peer Learners are pupils aged 11-13 (typically Year 7/8 in England and Wales, S1 in Scotland or Year 8/9 in Northern Ireland).
We recommend lessons are delivered weekly or fortnightly, however lessons have been delivered in other ways.
The MHF team will be on hand, via email or phone, to answer any questions that may crop up as you plan for and deliver the lessons.
The project can form part of a whole-school approach to mental health. We provide additional resources to continue the conversation across the school.
Staff and pupils will have co-production opportunities for developing new resources and updating existing resources for the PEP and MHF's wider school work.
Peer Educators will have an opportunity to apply for work experience placements with the Mental Health Foundation.
Schools can use our School Packs on additional topics to support further mental health discussions.
At any stage you can email or book in a call with the MHF Project Team to discuss any questions you might have, and how the project can be tailored to your school.